Fewer buses for Barlaston

It came as a surprise to many Barlaston bus users when Baker’s announced in August that the well-used X1 service was to be suddenly reduced to a very limited timetable.

It emerged that Staffordshire University had pulled out their funding because the move of their engineering students to Stoke meant fewer of their students were making the trip from Stoke to the Stafford campus.

The X1 also serves as the bus replacement service for Barlaston and Wedgwood stations for which London Midland provide the funding, but the new timetable provides no more than that.

Baker’s bus connects Hanley, Stoke Station, Wedgwood, Barlaston and Stone town centre, but does not continue to Stafford. The X1 now runs every two hours instead of once an hour, and doesn’t actually connect with trains at Stone. You would have to walk to the station.  Passengers will have noticed that the buses are smaller too! Local politicians have raised the issue but Baker’s say they can’t afford to run a fuller service.

However, the North Staffs Rail Promotion Group think that this may persuade London Midland to return a train service to Barlaston. Their Trent Valley service (Crewe to London Euston) passes through once an hour and is well used at Stone.

Group Chair Jon Heal says that the current timetable allows time for a stop at Barlaston but it requires local people to make their voice heard.

“I have spoken to London Midland recently and they have looked again at this, especially because the bus service is no longer seen as useful,” he told the Gazette.  “In fact the question for them is whether Barlaston is a possible stop or whether the Wedgwood station up the line would be preferable.”

NSRPG hope that people would contact local politicians if they want a train service back, or contact London Midland about which station they want reopened.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on TumblrShare on Google+Email this to someone

More From The Latest News Category


Restaurant’s £2k bill for unauthorised decking

A restaurant in the north of Stafford Borough has been hit with a £2,000 bill after installing...



FINALIST -Visit www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk for all finalists- – Winners revealed on 10 November 2015- Fifteen Digital has been...


Everyone’s ultimate hero next door fronts a new national campaign highlighting the importance of fire safety for children

Ahead of the clocks going back and with Halloween and Bonfire Night fast approaching, much-loved hero Fireman...


Half term break fun for youngsters

An action packed half term is on the cards for young people with ‘Step into Autumn’ Stafford Borough Council’s...


Age Concern Stone & District. Medical Appointments / Car Scheme for the Elderly

Age Concern Stone & District’s trained volunteer advisers deal with many elderly residents needing help as they...


Partners target safer education

A pilot project to keep children safe has been launched in Stafford Borough. The Safer Schools Initiative...